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1938 Illinois State Society President Frank Sanderson

1938 Illinois State Society President Frank Sanderson

Frank Sanderson, left, is shown with President Truman in 1951. Frank was from Pana, Illinois in south-central Christian County. He was President of the Illinois State Society in 1938 but he did not complete his term due to the press of duties at The White House.

From 1931 to 1962 Frank Sanderson served as the Chief Administrator of The White House under five presidents--Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. Frank had many official duties including administering oaths for cabinet and sub-cabinet officials as he is shown doing above in this undated 1951 photo with President Truman and an unidentifed Assistant Secretary of the Army.

Frank and his wife were long-time members of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from the 1930s until his retirement in 1962. They served in several offices and chaired committees but his most important role was as the song leader for sing-along parties. Frank had a beautiful singing voice.

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